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Old 02-06-2016, 08:04 AM   #15
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How about fabricating some shields similar to those on Airstream trailers (they call them "segment protectors", Google that).
Could probably be made out of light aluminium square tubing or angle, with a sheet of corrugated plastic (Coroplast). That would offer good protection for the lower front corners of the trailer.

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Old 02-06-2016, 09:29 AM   #16
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So trainjunkie (Mike), in your trips have you been up as far as Coldfoot? Part of my goal is to go see the midnight sun.

No, my "commute" between Alaska and California is, unfortunately, not for recreation. I work in Alaska seasonally, anywhere from 6 to 8 months a year, so I'm either going to work, or going to California to see my family and I usually give myself 5-1/2 to 6 days to do the entire trip.

One of these days though I want to do the Dalton Highway. I live in Anchorage but sometimes work in Fairbanks so if I'm ever working there and get a few days off, I'll probably drive to Prudhoe Bay, or at least the to edge of the Arctic Circle. But you can get plenty of "midnight sun" action almost anywhere in Alaska. Even in Anchorage when it's close to summer solstice the sun never totally sets, which for people like me who work outdoors, and often at nights, is a real treat.

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Old 02-06-2016, 10:44 AM   #17
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Lots of good information in this thread.
I made the trip several years ago through Skagway, Dawson City over the Top-Of-The-World highway to Tok and town to Haines with my Boler.

It only has about 7" of ground clearance and I never had a problem. Originally the Boler had a gravel shield across the front and when I removed it there was significant rock damage to the gel coat behind it. I am now using Rock Tamers on my 4Runner. At times I get some mud splattered on the front but to date no rock damage, I really like the way they are performing.

As already mentioned much of the damage from rocks and gravel comes from passing vehicles that toss it into the air and you run into it ... slow down. Also watch out for the frost heaves on the smooth highways, they can sneak up on you and yes, a boler can become airborne.
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Old 02-06-2016, 12:39 PM   #18
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As Paul keeps filing more and more holes in the amerigo, all this talk of rock damage makes me just cringe!

At some point, when she's all fixed up and ready to go, we'll start going backwards again, with her aging once more. Right now she's in the "fountain of youth" being rejuvenated. I kind of hate to think about RE- reversing time and damage--

But after all, what else is the amerigo for?

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Old 02-06-2016, 12:49 PM   #19
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All I can say about the holes is

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